Digging Deeper: Looking Beyond Behavior to Discover Meaning

Digging Deeper: Looking Beyond Behavior to Discover Meaning is a unit of four lessons that explore and apply the Responsive Process—Watch; Ask “I Wonder” Questions; and Adapt: Using “Flexible Responses” to the behaviors of very young children. Program staff, education coordinators, trainers, and parents may use this information to build or refresh their observation skills and responses to children’s behaviors. Head Start Program Performance Standards and other resources are included.

Motivational Interviewing: Consulting

A Head Start teacher, Ms. Jefferson, is meeting with a parent, Mary, in a Head Start office where her 4-year-old son Joe attends. Previous conversations have included discussions about Joe's strengths as well as some concerns about his behavior in the classroom. The following conversation takes place after Ms. Jefferson has invited Mary to come to provide her perspective on how things are going for Joe in the program.